Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng said the government will continue to develop its health infrastructure in rural areas in order to provide effective health services across the Kingdom.
The announcement was made yesterday after Mr Bun Heng launched the construction of a referral hospital building in Preah Vihear province’s Choam Ksan district.
He said the new referral hospital is being specially built in order to reduce maternal and child mortality in such rural areas.
The two-floor building will be 18 metres wide and 37.5 metres in length.
Mr Bun Heng said the government is focusing on building health infrastructure and will develop more, especially in rural areas to serve local people.
“The government always cares for the health and livelihood of the people, especially in remote areas,” he said.
“If you need to seek medical help, use this facility. It is here for you to utilise,” he said.
He urged health officials to do more to provide health services with quality equipment and treat all people equally.
The minister also asked the local, district, commune, and village authorities to better cooperate to ensure that the newly-constructed hospital runs smoothly.
He also thanked the local authority and health officials in the province who provide health services to local people with virtue.
On June 3, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said health officials at all provincial administrations should provide health services to the people in rural areas with high efficiency.
He said the government has transferred 20,000 health officials to provincial administrations to strengthen health services in local areas. Mr Kheng added the government also provided $166 million for the implementation of health services nationwide.
Preah Vihear provincial governor Prak Sovann said the new referral hospital will help strengthen health services in the area.
“This hospital will be convenient for local people to access and it will help protect people’s health in the area,” he added.